The Historic Green Springs District is located in western Louisa County. Stately mansions dot the rolling countryside, surrounded by large tracts of property preserving the rural atmosphere of the area.
The Green Springs National Historic Landmark District is a unit of the National Park Service consisting of 14,000 acres with more than 250 original 18th and 19th Century buildings. The properties reflect Virginia’s rural vernacular architecture, and are generally preserved in their original context. Numerous estate and plantation homes have been preserved, including Prospect Hill, Eastern View, Hawkwood, and Sylvania. Other properties of note include Boswell’s Tavern, Berea Church and Quaker Hill Farm. The area has been determined by the secretary of the interior to be a “unique assemblage of American architecture situated in its original context” of major national significance to the people of the United States, leading to its national historic designation.
Few of the properties are open to the public, but one exception is Brackett’s Farm. The 515-acre property in Historic Green Springs has a 12-acre lake that has been publicly accessible to fishermen since 2000. Fishermen must sign in at the main house to enjoy fishing in the lake.
It is also the site of numerous workshops and seminars on agricultural topics. The farm, managed by the Elisabeth Aiken Nolting Charitable Foundation, is also utilized for historical workshops, nature walks and other related activities. For more information, visit brackets.org.